Jug - colour coated

Production date
Circa 3rd Century BCE
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Colour coated jug. Elongated oval body with softly curved outline and flat base. Tall cylindrical neck, widening to splaying annular rim. Vertical angular handle, rectangular in section, from below rim eo shoulder. Orange buff clay with matt red-brown slip coating on neck, rim, inside mouth, handle and upper body, not well preserved. Finely incised encircling lines on lower body. Two parallel incised lines on exterior of handle. Small area below handle discoloured by contact with iron. (Webb, Jennifer M.,1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p 12).
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption jug
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot jug
Production date
Circa 3rd Century BCE
Production place
H191mm x W65mm x D70mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery, orange buff clay with matt red-brown slip coating on neck, rim, inside mouth, handle and upper body, not well preserved.
History and use
Pottery is one of the most abundant, common and enduring artefacts in the ancient record, and one of human kinds most fundamental technologies. The craft or making pottery was widespread throughout the ancient world. Pottery was widespread as it was cheap to make, malleable into various forms and watertight after firing. Potters learnt the craft over several years – digging local clay, removing stones and roots, passing it through mesh, mixing with water and settling, cutting into squares, kneading to remove air pockets, forming the vessel, and firing. Vessels can be made using various methods, including pinch, coil, slab, paddle and anvil, and wheel or mould. It can be relatively plain, or decorated by using impressed designs, slips, paints, and even applying mould-made figures. Plain ware vessels are often under-reported in comparison to the more highly decorated vessels. Domestic pottery changed little in form and was largely undecorated – reflecting the ‘form and function’ approach and everyday utility of these vessels.
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